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Wildfire-prevention program back on track in Arizona after months of delay

The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track after a two-month pause to sort out challenges with a more focused, “more realistic approach” that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement.... Read more»

Forest Service plan to extend forest maintenance program is put on hold

Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were “blindsided” by the U.S. Forest Service’s abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. ... Read more»

Hunters help safeguard Arizona’s deer & elk from chronic wasting disease

Hunters are on the front line of Arizona’s efforts to keep chronic wasting disease at bay now that it is popping up in other states. ... Read more»

Group wants campfire ban until monsoon starts

Campfires Limited, a grassroots organization is asking the U.S. Forest Service for an annual ban on campfires between May 1 through July 15.... Read more»

Feds agree to pay $1B to settle tribal trust claims

Federal officials announced a $1 billion settlement Wednesday of claims filed by 41 tribes, including five from Arizona, who said the government had long mismanaged their trust lands.... Read more»

Feds unveil national forest planning rules

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs.... Read more»